In Key Stage 3, pupils study and explore a wide range of texts, themes and issues. These have been carefully chosen and created to inspire pupils, to encourage them to explore issues in the wider world and to promote their creativity. For example, pupils get to explore Gothic and Dystopian Literature and apply their understanding of writers’ techniques to their own imaginative pieces of writing. Pupils also get to explore ideas about identity through the Literature that they read, and pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their own voices by producing pieces of writing about a range of topics that they are passionate about.

In addition, pupils in Year 7 and 8 participate in the Renaissance Reader scheme which is implemented in conjunction with the school library. We place a great deal of emphasis on the importance of reading for pleasure. It improves our pupils’ academic achievements, the quality of their lives and their view of the world. As such, every pupil in Year 7 and 8 is given access to the library once a fortnight to participate in this scheme. Renaissance Reader allows staff and parents to take an active role in the pupils’ reading journeys, and helps us to monitor and encourage every pupil to expand their reading experiences.

At Key Stage 4, pupils follow the Eduqas G.C.S.E. course in English Language and AQA G.C.S.E. course in English Literature. The English Language course is made up of two units. Over the duration of the course, pupils will study a range of literary fiction and non-fiction texts and develop their abilities to analyse and explore how writers have shaped these texts to generate meaning. Pupils will also develop their abilities to write imaginative narratives and produce a range of transactional pieces of writing to suit a variety of audiences and purposes. In English Literature, pupils will have the opportunity to study ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, ‘Blood Brothers’, by Willy Russell, ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare and an anthology of poetry linked to the themes of power and conflict.

The English Department recognises that the study of English requires that student see themselves as active participants in reading, understanding and creating. As such, pupils can access a range of enrichment activities, including attending master classes to extend their thinking about Literature texts taught in class, or joining the weekly creative writing club to produce their own imaginative pieces.

For further details regarding English provision at the school, contact Mrs J. Yates – Head of English.

For more information about the G.C.S.E. syllabus, see:

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English Department Vision

'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.'
                                                                  Ludwig Wittgenstein

The English Department intends to provide a challenging and inspiring curriculum for the pupils of Hindley High School that allows pupils to broaden their understanding of the world around them, become confident users of the English language and promote enjoyment of learning. Our curriculum is centred around the exploration of a diverse range of high quality reading material to encourage a love of reading, whilst aiming to extend pupils' thinking and understanding of different worlds and viewpoints. A core focus on developing pupils’ vocabulary is central to our pedagogy and we aim to provide pupils with regular opportunities to express their thoughts through their written work to allow them to recognise the importance of their voice.